Miscarriages of Justice

Projects relating to wrongful convictions

Professor Carolyn Hoyle and a small team of researchers have been working on projects relating to wrongful convictions.

Her research on the Criminal Cases Review Commission (with Dr Mai Sato) was published by Oxford University Press in January 2019: Reasons to Doubt: Wrongful Convictions and the Criminal Cases Review Commission 

This study of decision making within the Criminal Cases Review Commission sought to understand how the Commission exercises its discretionary powers in deciding whether to refer possible wrongful convictions to the Court of Appeal.

Carolyn Hoyle’s research on the experiences of those wrongly accused of abuse in occupations of trust with Dr Ros Burnett and Naomi-Ellen Speechley was published in a report, The Impact of Being Wrongly Accused of Abuse in Occupations of Trust: Victims’ Voices. (see also, R. Burnett, C. Hoyle and N-E Speechley, (2017) 'The Context and Impact of Being Wrongly Accused of Abuse in Occupations of Trust, The Howard Journal of Crime & Justice

Under the supervision of Carolyn Hoyle, Laura Tilt (former research student) studied the experiences of the wrongly convicted after their convictions are overturned by the Court of Appeal and they are released from prison. Their joint work on the experiences of exonerees and the decline of state compensation for the wrongfully convicted was published in: C. Hoyle & L. Tilt (2018) ‘The Benefits of Social Capital for the Wrongfully Convicted: Considering the promise of a resettlement model’, The Howard Journal of Crime & Justice and in C. Hoyle & L. Tilt (2020, issue 1) ‘Not Innocent Enough: State compensation for miscarriages of justice in England and Wales’, Criminal Law Review.

Under the supervision of Carolyn Hoyle and Mary Bosworth, Emma Burtt (former research student) studied the pains of imprisonment as experienced by those claiming to be victims of miscarriages of justice.


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